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Girl of Nightmares

(Anna #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  31,589 ratings  ·  3,652 reviews
Cas Lowood is no ordinary ghost hunter - he's in love with a dead girl. Her name is Anna Korlov. Anna Dressed in Blood. The girl who sacrificed herself to save his life. Racked with guilt, Cas sets out to do what he does best - hunt a ghost. But this time his aim is not to kill. He must rescue Anna from the depths of Hell. But Hell is also home to a creature Cas has battle ...more
Paperback, 378 pages
Published March 7th 2013 by Orchard Books (first published August 7th 2012)
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Roxana Abdoly Blake has stated that the Anna series is a duology so no. But she also alluded to possibly more adventures with Cas just not under the Anna series.

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Wendy Darling
"It's probably going to be blood," Thomas says in a regretful tone that doesn't match the devious excitement in his eyes. "It's almost always about blood."

If your dead, ghostly girlfriend sacrificed herself for you, you'd hope she'd at least finally be at peace, right? But it turns out poor Anna is still a lost, unmoored soul, and Cas Lowood is still haunted by her face everywhere he goes. In this sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood, which was one of my favorite books from 2011, Cas must find ou
It took me three years to finish this book!

So please, how would you rate a book you've been reading for three years? I seriously don't know.
The beginning was hell on earth! Someone else had to write it. No way this was a continuation to Anna Dressed in Blood one of my favourite books!
So, it was boring. They were talking for ages. Then we got Jestine and I hoped it would be fun again. But they were talkingThen I finally got some action pops up like the Suicide forest which was brillia
Steph Sinclair
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Anna and those who were unsure if the first book
Dear Kendare,

In the words of my awesome co-blogger, Kat:

You saucy, saucy minx.

You knew exactly what you were doing here, didn't you? I'd bitched, moaned, and complained about Anna Dressed in Blood. I gave it 2.5 stars. I asked for more. You read my mind.

And you fucking gave it to me.

If anyone were to ask me why I continue on with series that didn't exactly impress me with book one, I'd have to direct them to Girl of Nightmares.

You get no complaints from me this time, Blake. This was brilliant.
Kat Kennedy
The following book has been found in an abandoned, run-down house along with a body, a pen, and a worn and tattered copy of Girl of Nightmares.  The walls have many words and phrases written in blood. It's contents provide the only clues to the

events that led to the the death of a person and an increasing string of disturbances in the area.

It reads as such:


This is a journal of my reading expedition.  I have traveled to this remote locale so that I may read Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake in
the problem is me.

i loved anna dressed in blood. loved it. i thought it was clever and spooky and funny with interesting characters and great action sequences. i thought it was beautiful and sad and striking.

i waited for this sequel with crazed anticipation. and then i saw it at ALA and i thought it was too good to be true and there were only two copies, and it was one of those gray area situations where i wasn't sure if it was for the taking or not, so i froze and i hemmed and hawed and finally
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

Gnnngth! I loved the first one but this one was just okay! Can't win them all! 🎃

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐺🐾
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ebook
This is one example of a book I would read for the cover alone. Heck, slap this cover on a 9000 page Spanish history book, and I will read it ALL! Even though I don't know Spanish >.< Luckily, what's inside this cover is just as incredible as the outside and will leave you equally spellbound!

It was clear from the beginning that Anna was not going to be as big a character as in the first novel. I was a bit disappointed at first because Anna is fabulous and crazy, but I can assure you that her abs
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, own-read
She crossed over death to call me. I crossed through Hell to find her.

This book wasn't quite as good as Anna Dressed in Blood, but still, it was a great read and a great conclusion to this duology.

I've got to say it again, my favorite thing about this series are the characters. I loved every single one of the main characters (even though Cas did sometimes annoy me over his obsession with saving Anna). But I especially loved chemistry between Cas, Carmel and Thomas. They really were great friends
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars - I absolutely LOVED the first book because I thought Blake did an incredible job writing a morbidly twisted yet hauntingly beautiful masterpiece. But before I read this one, a friend had asked me, "How much would you like Anna without the scary scenes? Just Cas doing stuff with Thomas and Carmel?" Apparently, not so much because this book just didn't do it for me, and except for the totally awesome end in the last four chapters, I spent a lot of time either being pissed off or bore ...more
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
Puh, I don’t even know where to start.
To write this review is kind of hard because I actually liked “The Girl of Nightmares” but at the same time somehow wasn’t really captivated by it.
I don’t even know what it is, maybe I just read too many awesome YA books to be enthralled by a story like that. *lol* Maybe it’s just me. Who knows?

Well anway I just try to write down my thoughts and see which kind of rating I will give. XD

First of all I have to say that I really dug the idea of Anna and Cas me
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, at least I got closure. I feel like a shoulder devil waving my little pitchfork around saying all sorts of bad things again, sigh, but Girl of Nightmares is almost a complete letdown. I'm not the biggest fan of Anna Dressed in Blood, but Anna still managed to be dark and very disturbing when it needed to, this sequel doesn't even come close. Rather than stepping up her game, filling up this sequel with scenes even more visually haunting and memorably terrifying, Kendare Blake doubles down ...more
Sep 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's read the first book
Warning: while this review contains no spoilers for the book I'm reviewing, it inevitably involves some spoilers for the book to which it's a sequel, Anna Dressed in Blood (which I reviewed here: . The situation in this book directly grows out of the events of the first one; and though the author provides some brief references to those in the opening chapters here, if you have not read the series opener, you would get only the very bare basics of what hap ...more
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OH MY GOD!!! the cover is soooooooo awesome *FAINTS*

oh Anna! why do you have to be so effing deadly and beautiful at the same time. :3
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Closer to 3.5 stars.
To say that I'd been eagerly anticipating Girl of Nightmares would be an understatement of epic proportions. Anna Dressed in Blood is one of my favorite books and I simply HAD to learn Anna's fate as soon as possible. I had unreasonably high expectations, true, but for the most part, Kendare Blake came through.
In the sixth row of the theater, in the third chair in, Anna winks at me. Or maybe she just blinks. I can't tell. She's missing half of her face

A lot of my questi
There’s something different about listening to a book. It’s a lot more descriptive and also a lot more long. You’re not looking at the words, you’re hearing them and it makes for a more imaginative read. I find it quite exciting too actually because the narrator’s voice hints at all the sarcasm found in the dialogue. It gives the characters a lot more depth and to hear all their conversations out loud even makes them seem more real. I love audiobooks! Definitely a way to go if your eyes are tire ...more
shady boots
This review is also available over at my blog.


God, that cover is so fucking badass. I love how Anna's like "Come with me . . . " I would, in a heartbeat. I would also bring my copy of the first book and make her sign it.

I adored Anna Dressed in Blood. I loved everything about that book and ever since I finished it I've been waiting and waiting to get this sequel, and the wait was excruciating. But oh God, did it feel good to finally be able to buy it. I was expecting an
Layla  is a Picky Reader
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
First line: “I think I killed a girl who looked like this once.”
Favourite quote:“She crossed over death to call me. I crossed through Hell to find her.”
Song of choice: DNA(Blood Pressure) by The Kills

Let me introduce you to my perfect vision of Anna Korlov.

(c) AF on DeviantArt
*sigh* So pretty *gazes fondly*

Girl of Nightmares picks up six months after the ending of Anna Dressed in Blood. Cas can’t get over Anna’s crossing away and he’s still haunted by her sacrifice, so



This book ugh I'm so upset I can't even begin to describe it. I originally expected this book to be just as awesome as the first book, but as per usual, it wasn't. It dragged on, boring. The writing of course was amazing because I love the way Kendare Blake writes. But unlike the first book, it had no spark. Carmel was annoying, Thomas was just "there" and Cas? He was puke-worthy.

Cas I feel like the one person who didn't like this book. Cas was boring the only funny part he had t

In Girl of Nightmares we pick up several months after Anna sacrificed herself to save Cas, Thomas and Carmel, by taking the Obeahman to Hell. Since then, Cas has been going through the motions of life and school. He follows up on ghost tips with Carmel and Thomas tagging along. The three of them now form a sort of ghost-busting team. However, Cas can't get Anna out of his head. Everyone has done research and they've consulted the spiritual community but they can't nail down what happened to Anna
Nov 12, 2017 marked it as dnf-did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
HERE WE ARE. The things that bothered me so much in the first book were front and center in this book and I couldn’t finish it. I was intrigued by the synopsis and wanted to find out what happened but I got to a point that I couldn’t finish.
Like I said in my review of Anna, this won’t happen for everyone, but there were just things in this book that, as a Christian, made me not want to continue on.
From what I’ve seen in reviews this book isn’t as good as the first so I’m just gonna google a sum
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a cute.... extra creepy series! My only complaint was the ending. It felt very rushed and abrupt. I think another 100 pages would have fit in nicely! Oh and..... I recommend reading these books at night time before bed, to get those extra creepy brownie points:D
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

In honour of my favourite holiday of all, Halloween, I am dedicating the month of October to all those things that go bump, bang, boom in the night (and day).

This book is spillover from last year’s impossibly long Spooktober to-read list. Why did it fall by the wayside you may like to know…. (you probably don’t, but I’m telling you anyways.)

I have an issue with loving one book by an author and then feeling less loving towards the rest of their works. And I LOVED Anna Dressed in Blood! That boo
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I had high expectations for this book based on the first. The bar was set so high that I was inevitably let down. I did not like this book much. The creepy crawly is still there; Kendare Blake does creepy like few other authors can, it's just a lot more toned down this time around. I didn't find myself gagging upon reading a description, which is good or bad, depending on one's tastes.

Cal is getting over the loss of his ghostly love, and seeing her when he shouldn't. Of course, all his friends t
Rashika (is tired)
List of qualms:
-Not enough Anna
-Not enough Anna
-Not enough Anna
-I wanted more creepy
Anzu The Great Destroyer
“Cassio,” she whispers. “Get me out of here.”

Girl of Nightmares starts with Anna being gone. Remember the previous book? The whole jump straight into a fiery pit thing? Anyhow, it’s beet months since the little “accident," and Cas can’t stop obsessing over her. He hears her laugh and sees her, or things that remind him of her, everywhere he goes. He can’t focus on his ghost killing job. School sucks, and his friends can’t seem to stand him because of his douchey attitude. No surprise there.

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4.5 stars

Now this is, ladies and gentlemen is what YA humorous horror is all about. This was the one, and only sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood. And I don't think it could have been more flawless.

Ever since the savage ghost Anna disappeared into Hell, Cas- a ghost hunter thought he would be able to move on, forget the girl that caught his heart. Yet as each day passes, it's never getting easier. It's like Anna is still there, haunting Cas. And she is. But why
Maggie ☘
*3.5/5 where-the-hell-are-half-stars-when-one-needs-them-this-badly stars*

“Every time I question him about the feasibility, he smiles at me like he's Yoda and I'm just a dumbass without the Force.”

This book wrecked me! It wasn't as great as the first book - the first half dragged a bit, there simply wasn't enough ghost hunting as in the first one (view spoiler) - and while the
Montzalee Wittmann
Girl of Nightmares
(Anna #2)
by Kendare Blake
I really liked book one but this one is very different from the first. Book one was more of a haunted house type book. This sure has the great supernatural flair, good characters, and Anna. Instead of Anna being the big and bad ghost most of the book, the Opium man is the main bad ghost right away. (Once the gang figures out Anna is afraid of something). This takes the reader to multiple places around the world and out of this world! Good paranormal you
Ugh. This will be a rant... Just warning you ahead of time.

Seriously, I'm pretty annoyed right now. I just finished Girl of Nightmares, and I'm really wondering why Kendare Blake went the New Moon direction with the story rather than the rather more interesting and meaningful and purposeful "Let's save my Dad" direction. Because she could have, easily, and it would have been a better story for it.

I mean, this duology had the potential to be amazing. Book one was almost there, but the stupid rom
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not really as horrific as Anna Dressed in Blood but still an enjoyable read with some scary bits and a very satisfying conclusion to Anna's story. I was intrigued to find out how the author was planning to end this story in a way which was logical yet not disastrous and she does achieve this. I feel that we have said a definite goodbye to the amazing Anna but the way could be open for more about Cas in due course. I will certainly read any future books by this author. ...more
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